Bulldogs Brilliant, Houghton Kicks Ten!

Bunbury have stunned the reigning premiers with a 99 point win at PC Payne Park on Sunday afternoon, in round two of the Dale Alcock Homes South West premiership season.

The match was billed as the match of the round, with Busselton coming off of a 33 point win against Carey Park, while Bunbury were playing their first match of the season.   The match was close for the first minute before Bunbury started a flood of scoring.

Joel Houghton kicked ten goals in a brilliant display.

Bunbury opened up a 28 point lead at quarter time, with pundits looking for a response from Busselton, but it never came.  Bunbury extended the margin at every break in the one-sided encounter, highlighted by a brilliant individual performance by Joel Houghton who kicked ten goals.

The margin grew to 47 points at the main break, and to 68 points at the final change.  In perfect conditions, Bunbury showed no mercy on Busselton, kicking seven goals in the final term, to win by 99 points and send a message to the rest of the competition that the Bulldogs mean business in 2024, in what was a complete display across all facets.

Aside from Houghton kicking ten goals, the Bulldogs had twelve goal kickers on the day.  It is the Bulldogs biggest win over Busselton since 2016, when they won by 87 points.

Busselton had no answers for Bunbury’s swift ball movement which was relentless, and will have the bye in week three to regroup before facing the currently undefeated Harvey Brunswick Leschenault.   Bunbury will head to Harvey in round three to take on the Harvey Bulls who have been soundly beaten in both of their opening round matches.

Match Centre

Bunbury  5.4.34  10.6.66  16.10.106   23.12.150
Busselton  1.0.6   3.1.19   6.2.38   8.3.51

Goals:  Bunbury – Joel Houghton 10, Jesse Gribble 2, Baiden Parsons 2, Ryan Babich 1, Harry Creasey 1, Trae Field 1, Hamish Hall 1, Dylan Heasman 1, Jesse Kirwen 1, Cooper Nitschke 1, Riley Stenhouse 1, Mackenna Taylor 1.  Busselton – Beau Chinnery 3, Jozef Parkinson 2, Liam Creighton 1, Kobi Howell 1, Angus McDonald 1.
Best:   BunburyJoel Houghton, Trae Field, Jesse Gribble, Dylan Heasman, Baiden Parsons, Denholm King.  Busselton – Jozef Parkinson, Jack Kennedy, Ethan Bowman, Ben Ganzer, Mitchell Tenardi, Beau Chinnery
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires:  Talen Guthrie, Cameron Valenti, Matthew Stewart
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 819

Photos courtesy of Sharyn Newlands